Step 1: State your opinion on a controversial topic as if it were an incontrovertible fact. Example:
The Supreme Court will hear the case of a transgender Virginia boy who wants the right to use the boys’ bathroom.
That’s it. There’s nothing else to do.
A definition I’ve come across several times, from H.L. Mencken:
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
The level of tomfoolery I’m seeing from several presidential candidates makes me suspect that we will indeed be getting it good and hard.
Source: Britannica Online
Buried in this obviously pro-gun poll is a weird fact that you probably didn’t know: suicide by firearm is far, far more common than homicide. Suicide is a personal choice worth protecting, particularly on the west coast of the United States. Isn’t it?
Here are a few people who won’t get my vote this November.
- U.S. Representative Steven Kagen, M.D.: In your ads, Dr. Kagen, you speak out on one hand against wasteful government spending; on the other, you vigorously participated in ramming through a health care bill that we can’t afford.
- U.S. Senator Russ Feingold: See above; and, even though you’ve stopped running misleading ads about your opponent, they’ve left a bad taste in my mouth.
- Tom Barrett and Scott Walker, candidates for Governor of Wisconsin: Between the two of you (and your “friends”) running negative campaigns – Barrett on Walker, and Walker on Barrett and fellow candidate Mark Neumann – it doesn’t matter what your qualifications might have been. It doesn’t even matter if you stop the negative campaigns tomorrow.
To the rest of the candidates, be forewarned: If I see any more deliberate misdirection or attack ads from any candidate, I’m liable to vote for someone else that I don’t know and whose political views I would otherwise utterly disagree with. I don’t think I’m alone.
In spite of my skepticism, I had truly hoped that things would be different. Imagine my surprise when I read this:
And if he cannot take the hint that Bush-Obama bailout-and-spend economics are deeply and increasingly unpopular, …
Please read the whole thing.